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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen Gives First Press Conference

January 11, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 11, 2008

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen gave a press conference in the Pentagon on Friday morning during which he discussed the stresses on the U.S. military due to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as operations in the Persian Gulf and the situation in Pakistan.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen speaks ...
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. The recent confrontation between Iranian and U.S. navy forces in the Persian Gulf reflects a shift in military strategy by Tehran to use its Revolutionary Guard’s fast boats in a more aggressive manner in the region, Mullen said.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Asked about Iran’s provocative use of small boats near USS Hopper, USS Port Royal and USS Ingraham on Sunday, Admiral Mullen said, “The incident ought to remind us all just how real is the threat posed by Iran and just how ready we are to meet that threat if it comes to it.”

Regarding the Iranian strategy in the Persian Gulf, Admiral Mullen told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has been focused “for several years” on Iran’s shift to greater reliance on small, fast boats by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has taken over patrols in the Gulf from Tehran’s regular navy.

“It’s clearly strategically where the Iranian military has gone,” said Mullen, in his first solo Pentagon press briefing. “There’s a projection they were going to do that over a number of years … That was a big concern to me because of the history and the background with the IRGC (Revolutionary Guard.) This fit that mold, as far as I was concerned.”

In Tampa, Florida, Commander of the Central Command Adm. William J. Fallon
said to an Associated Press reporter, “This kind of behavior, if it happens in the future, is the kind of event that could precipitate a mistake. If the boats come closer, at what point does the captain think it is a direct threat to the ship and has to do something to stop it?”

On rumors that the U.S. is considering putting troops into the tribal areas of Pakistan and President Musharraf’s objection, Admiral Mullen said, “Use of troops in Pakistan is clearly a decision that has to be made by the government of Pakistan.”

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US admiral says Iran risks Gulf conflict

January 11, 2008
By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press Writer 

CAIRO, Egypt – The top U.S. military commander in the Mideast said Friday that Iran runs the risk of triggering an unintended conflict if its boats continue to harass U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and ...
This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and shot Sunday, Jan. 6 from the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, shows a small blue boat, alleged to be Iranian, purportedly racing near the wake of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. The incident, which President George W. Bush denounced Tuesday as a ‘provocative act,’ was videotaped by a crew member on the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, one of the three ships that faced down five Iranian boats in a flare-up early Sunday.
(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
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Adm. William J. Fallon, chief of U.S. Central Command, said a threatening radio call heard during an encounter Sunday between U.S. Navy ships and Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz was likely connected to Iran’s provocative actions. He said the exact origin of the message was still unknown.

“This kind of behavior, if it happens in the future, is the kind of event that could precipitate a mistake,” Fallon told The Associated Press. “If the boats come closer, at what point does the captain think it is a direct threat to the ship and has to do something to stop it?”

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